One of the common questions people have about Homeopathy has to do with the remedies that are made from substances that are poisonous in their original state. Some examples of these remedies include mercury (Mercurius), deadly nightshade (Belladonna), foxglove (Digitalis) and Cobra venom (Naja). In their original state all of them are poisonous yet all of them can be taken safely when taken Homeopathically. How? The answer is that there are no molecules of the original substance left in the Homeopathic remedy beyond the potency of 12C. Remedies below a 12C have a few molecules in them, however they are so diluted that the molecules render no harm.
Here is how remedies in the C potency are created:
To produce a 1c potency of a remedy, for example, one drop of the mother tincture is added to 99 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed (shaken by hitting the bottle on the palm of your hand from about 1 foot). To produce a 2c potency, one drop of the 1c mixture is added to 99 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed. The number of a homeopathic remedy shows how many times it has been diluted and succussed, for example, a 30c has been diluted and succussed 30 times.
In general, most people use a potency higher than a 12C, 30C being the most commonly used potency for home prescribing and acute conditions. Times when remedies are used in the lower potencies, such as 6c, are times when we are looking for more of an effect on tissue, such as teeth (cavity prevention), bones (osteoporosis), nails (strengthening) etc. Scheussler’s Tissue Salts are designed specifically for this use.
The next question that usually follows this is, “If there are no molecules left then how does Homeopathy work”? This is the question that has eluded scientists for over 200 years and is one of the biggest weapons used against Homeopathy today. The answer, however, is simple. Even though the molecules are no longer present in higher potencies the “memory” of the molecules remain. The energy of the remedy remains. When we match the energy of a remedy to the overall energy of a person it results in rapid, gentle and lasting cure. Sound unbelievable? It may, but only to those who have never seen Homeopathy work wonders on everything from colds to depression.
Luckily, for the Homeopathic community, science is finally catching up with why and how Homeopathy works. New studies are currently being completed that prove that water can retain a “memory” of substances that were once dissolved in it. With these findings we will finally have scientific proof of something that Homeopaths have known for 200 years. Homeopathy works.